Sestak says he’s a staunch supporter of Israel
PHOENIXVILLE—A few days after Republican Senate nominee Pat Toomey voiced his support for Israel, Democrat Joe Sestak echoed the sentiment, calling himself a strong supporter of the country without weighing on the specifics of a much-criticized flotilla raid.
“I’m a staunch supporter of Israel,” Sestak told pa2010.com Saturday during an Organizing For American rally here. “In fact I’ve been there 8 times. … The ambassador of Israel had me over for dinner on the eve of Chanukah, in order to sit down with the chief of staff of the Israeli Navy [to coordinate military readiness].”
Sestak reiterated his support for a two-state solution to the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He called Israel a vital ally.
“Their security is important to our security,” he said.
Toomey last week said he wouldn’t join the “blame Israel first crowd.” Sestak has come under some criticism for signing onto a letter that called for easing restrictions on humanitarian aide into the Gaza Strip during the most recent war, but has also been critical of tensions between the Israeli government and the Obama administration. Toomey’s campaign is hoping to make significant inroads into the suburban Jewish community this year.
During the interview, Sestak also shrugged off the cash disadvantage his campaign faces against Toomey after a fiercely competitive primary.
After a bitter primary, Sestak faces a significant cash disadvantage against Republican Pat Toomey in the fall. However, Sestak shrugged off the issue. He said that gap would close and the money would be raised “the same way that we did it for the primary. We just work hard, and we’re going to have the resources. But we also have the message.”
June 7, 2010 at 10:13 am